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Deven Desai

Deven Desai is an associate professor of law and ethics at the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology. He was also the first, and to date, only Academic Research Counsel at Google, Inc., and a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the Yale Law School. Professor Desai’s scholarship examines how business interests, new technology, and economic theories shape privacy and intellectual property law and where those arguments explain productivity or where they fail to capture society’s interest in the free flow of information and development. His work has appeared in leading law reviews and journals including the Georgetown Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, and U.C. Davis Law Review.

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5 Responses

  1. Deven,

    Once cool, ALWAYS cool: think Mose Allison, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, Max Roach, Neil Young, Patsy Cline, Blondie, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Allman Bros., Kinks, Hollies, Drifters, Ivory Joe Hunter, Ritchie Valens, Cream, Dion & the Belmonts, the Supremes, Waylon Jennings…. Well, you get the picture!

  2. A.J. Sutter says:

    … Peter Frampton, Paul Revere & The Raiders, “gear” [as an adjective] … I’m not sure the “once/always” maxim is so universal.

    That said, I too was going to express some shock that, e.g., “Girl From Ipanema Goes to Greenland” is no longer cool.

  3. Deven says:

    Gents I think you miss the point (and maybe reveal a deep fear of aging?) :)

    The songs is still cool. Anyone who complements Nina Simone, lists albums from a while ago, and celebrates jazz and more pseudo-ancient music, (i.e., me) thinks cool can last.

    The quip is in reference to the style of the band (attire, hair, etc.) Just not sure that those elements will be cool. Some of Hendrix or Joplin appearance etc was cool on them, may be cool on a few folks today, but for the most part stick to the era. That being said, it is all taste isn’t it? The look of 60s jazz and some rockers seems timeless to me.

    As a separate matter, the music can be cool in perpetuity. At least that’s how I see it. I am sure others will disagree.

  4. Deven,

    I was just havin’ some fun (and an excuse to cite some of my favorite folks)…but I took “cool” to refer to everthing: the music, the “look,” etc. As to the style thing, I see your point, especially when it comes to the late ’60s and the ’70s.

    I don’t fear aging, just the receding hairline (as grey hair starts growing in strange and inaccessible places) and joints that sound like the Tin Man!

  5. A.J. Sutter says:

    Clarification: I never thought Peter Frampton was cool. However, in 10th grade I did think Grand Funk Railroad’s first album was cool. Ditto for Blows Against the Empire a year later. My point being cool indeed does not always last. BTW, at least here in East Asia, premature gray is definitely cool. (Thank you George Clooney.)